In the cinematic realms of computer-generated imagery far from natural, visiting real-life locations that served as backdrops of our favorite movies brings us closer to the scenes of our favorite plots. Thinking of seeing a movie location soon? These famous movie locations are worth adding to your travel bucket list.
1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (Harry Potter series)
If you’re a Potterhead, you can replicate the enchanting feel of the wizarding world when you step into the majestic Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, that served as the exterior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series.
2. Petra (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
The familiar scene where Indy rides through the canyon to discover the rock-carved city is a real place you can visit. Every movie enthusiast and history buff would love to see the awe-inspiring Treasury in Petra, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Jordan.
3. The French Quarter (Interview with the Vampire)
Do you think the French Quarter is eerie on screen? You would be amazed at the haunting atmosphere that greets you when you grace the soil of the Lestat and Loius, made famous by Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire.” The Quarter is available to tourists, and you can visit any time of the year.
4. The Overlook Hotel (The Shining)
The Overlook Hotel in the eerie movie The Shining was inspired by the Timberline Lodge in Oregon. You can feel the grandeur of this mountain lodge when you step into the ambiance of the Overlook Hotel to see where Jack Torrance lost his sanity amidst the snowy peaks.
5. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park series)
Although there are no dinosaurs for you to see, the breathtaking nature of Jurassic Park in Kauai, Hawaii, can transport you into the movie like you were a backdrop cast. This place is open for you to see, and you could step into the prehistoric world of Kualoa and Manawaiopuna when you visit.
6. The Great Hall of the Red Keep (Game of Thrones)
Game of Thrones is one of the most successful movies of the decade, and stepping into its Red Keep setting could be a dream come true. You can explore this fantasy realm at the Unesco World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
7. The Trevi Fountain (La Dolce Vita)
Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita, immortalized by the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, is accessible to tourists. You can follow the footsteps of the movie characters to toss a coin into the fountain for a guaranteed return to the Eternal City.
8. Central Park (When Harry Met Sally, Avengers: Infinity War)
Central Park has been a setting for numerous movies like the highly loved Avengers: Infinity War and When Harry Met Sally. You can visit Central Park in New York City to relive your favorite cinematic experience.
9. Nakatomi Plaza (Die Hard)
If you’re a Die Hard fan, you can schedule a visit to Fox Plaza in Los Angeles to experience the fictional Nakatomi Plaza. If you’re with friends on this visit, you could easily recreate your favorite action scene to create lasting memories of the immersive action film.
10. Kings Cross Station (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Dreaming of running through a brick wall to Platform Nine and Three Quarters, you should visit King’s Cross Station in London this summer. Of course, you won’t find the Hogwarts Express. Still, the magical atmosphere of the King’s Cross station lingers, courtesy of a dedicated platform and a trolley partially disappearing into a wall.
11. The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
While the Grand Budapest Hotel is fictional, the movie was filmed in the exquisite Gorlitzer Warenhaus in Gorlitz, Germany, and is open for visitations. The stunning edifice pilots you into the movie’s enchanting atmosphere so you can relive your favorite scenes like you were a cast on the movie set.
12. Hobbiton (The Lord of the Rings)
J.R.R Tolkien’s epic saga still resonates with many fans, and a visit to Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand, can be a dream come true. You can explore the Shire amid the lush greenery of this location; there’s also the luxury of seeing the charming hobbit holes and the famous Tree where Bilbo Baggins birthday celebration place.
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